Health department confirms IN first measles case IN 2019

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Tehama County Health Services Agency Public Health has been looking into a case that was first confirmed in Shasta County, but had ties to Tehama County as well.

From Jan. 1 to March 28, 2019, 387 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health officials had already warned the company about the Tarrant County case, so the infected Dallas County patient stayed at home and avoided spreading the virus "during their period of potential contagiousness". The best protection is to be vaccinated with MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine.

The number of measles cases continues to climb in metro Detroit as 12 new cases have been confirmed in the last week.

There are no measles outbreaks within the Northern Health region yet the initiative is an opportunity for unimmunized and under-immunized children to catch-up on their measles vaccinations. The infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years old. The vaccine is free and available from general practitioners.

Born in or after 1970 and never received a measles-containing vaccine. The illness causes a rash and high fever.

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"The second dose is usually given at four to six years of age so if you are late in getting that vaccine or if you are new from another country there might be some delays in getting that vaccine". White spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and mouth form two to three days after symptoms begin and a rash that is blotchy and bumpy begins on the face and spreads to the arms and legs three to five days after noticeable symptoms.

Queensland Health's acting Communicable Diseases Branch medical director Jonathan Malo said he was concerned that because measles was much less common than in previous generations, people were not aware of how serious a disease it could be.

Adults who didn't receive two vaccine doses in childhood should also get at least one dose, she said. When infected persons sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air.

You can not get measles from the vaccine.

If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.